Fracking, or shale gas exploration, is a gas extraction method involving the hydraulic fracturing of rock to extract trapped gas. A number of sites across the UK have been identified as potential fracking locations, despite widespread environmental concerns.
Chancellor George Osbourne has recently given his support for the controversial shale gas extraction method known as fracking but UK residents are becoming increasingly concerned about the possible negative effects of the process on their health and local area.
Fracking is a process of extracting gas buried deep below the ground and trapped within rock. It involves the ‘hydraulic fracturing’ of rock to extract the trapped gas – the rock is drilled into and a fluid is injected into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture the rock. Drilling companies believe the UK is sitting on huge shale gas resources, opening up the opportunity for extensive fracking throughout the UK.
Yet fracking may result in increased noise, potential land instability, earth tremors and earthquakes, loss of enjoyment of land, pollution and potential medical issues. Hugh James’s team of expert environmental solicitors are experienced at dealing with noise complaints, odour nuisances and pollution nuisance and are well placed to deal with the issues that can result from fracking.
Shale gas exploration testing is due to recommence in Lancashire in 2014, having been suspended after causing a minor earthquake. Fracking is also being seriously explored in Wales, due to significant reserves within shale rock and coal seams. Test drilling has already occurred in South Wales for other ‘unconventional gas’ extraction, leading to worries that this could soon lead to fracking exploration, and Coastal Oil & Gas have already announced plans to drill to test for shale gas at Llandow in the Vale of Glamorgan.
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